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Recommendable to most
Rum tasting in Tampere with my good old friend continued with English Harbor Sherry Cask. Nice high end bottle and label design. Mahogany color. Strong sherry mixed with oak and more sherries and a tad more oak to your nose and palate when neat sipped. Surprisingly dry ending. Good but far from great.
Got a bottle from 2017 in 2020.
I think this sold not very good. But let's see.
First there is this strong sherry nose with red fruits and the gum flavour. It reminds me immediately of Quorhum 30 or in general of Oliver and Oliver rums. The gum is not that strong like in Quorhum 30, because it's much younger. But for just 5 years this is a damn good nose, very intensive.
Afer 10min the gum got weaker in the nose.
The taste is somewhat watery. This is of course not a Quorhum (but I think that's because we have no sugar inside). Overall not a bad taste but I'm disappointed because of the great nose. That's why I rate it with a 7. I would prefer Quorhum 21 for the same price.
If you like sherry finish and less sweetness you can buy it blind.
Nose: Sherry ***, red fruits ** and dry fruits *, gum ** and wet barrel/earth *, caramel *, banana *
Taste initial: Watery, sherry **, gum *,
Taste middle: red fruits,
Finish: almost no spice * at 46% (that's interesting), bitterness **, wet old barrel/earth, sherry
Aftertaste: red fruits (typical sherry finish)
Value for money (30€): 3.5/5
46% ABV. Aging: 5 years ex-bourbon followed by 6 months ex-sherry; I think the rep said 18% of it is actually the 10-year-old.
The flavor is full, robust, and full of sherry sweetness. It's the sweetest (and richest) of the 3 cask-finish offerings from EH, especially on the nose. Unfortunately, I'm not a big sherry guy, and I prefer a somewhat dryer style.
These finishes are interesting, but rather overpriced IMO.
Sugar 4-5 GPL. This rum has a sherry look and taste to it, but it's really strong on the alcohol taste. For me the high alcohol content dominates the taste profile. I think if this was blended down to the 40% ABV range it would be a better tasting rum. Raisins, Sherry, and oak mixed with alcohol is how I see this one. Worth trying at $40 Canadian. You need ice for this one if you are drinking it straight. I think it would be a great rum in drinks calling for overproof rums. Yes, that's the ticket.
A strong red colour. A light sweet and spicy aroma, oily and a little bit alcoholic. A dry body, at first a little bit bitter, later on it gets sweeter, sherry appears. The finish is long and mild.
Süßliche und holzige Aromen in der Nase.
Feinwürzig, rund, weich für sein Alter, mittlerer Körper.
Leicht herbe Noten im Nachhall.
Wärmend. Mittlerer Abgang.
From Antigua, Medium light color, 40% alcohol, very nice aroma, aged in oaken casks, was distilled in copper stills. Pretty nice flavor. In about the $30 range in the store. Not bad for the price.
English Harbour have never disappointed me. Bought me this during a vacation in Antigua, have one from batch 001 since before without have tasting it.
I also got the opportunity to get a guided tour at the distillery (ADL) and the “ageing house”, which was great.
Tested it the first time during my vacation at a local restaurant down in Falmouth Harbour, and thought it was great. Then I thought that the nose was great, but now when tested all three I’ve changed it to medium, cause the nose of the Port is fantastic.
But nevertheless this is a great rum that’s very complex and has a great afterburn.
Picture: My English Harbour shelf.
English Harbour small batch cask finish (sherry cask)
Origine : Antigua
Nez : Toasté sur le pain grillé et le bois brûlé, après avoir laissé reposé pendant 30min on peut sentir un petit côté Bajan
Bouche : goût typique de rhum english Harbour 5 ans avec un goût de sherry sur les fruits cuits et fruits sec avec des tannins vers la fin de la gorgé.
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